South Africa’s cycling fraternity and the country’s general public will have a golden opportunity to be a part of a once in a lifetime experience when Cascades MTB Park plays host to the UCI MTB Masters World Championships and the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships within a twelve day window in August later this year.
“Outside of the Road World Championships, this is the greatest cycling event in the world and is the pinnacle of the mountain biking calendar!” enthused Cycling South Africa’s General Manager Mike Bradley.
Former winner and last year’s runner-up Neil MacDonald will once again have victory in his sights when he and FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart line up for the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday.
The former roadie is currently in good stage-racing form, both on and off-road, following strong performances at the recent Mzansi Tour and Absa Cape Epic.
After the first three races in the MTN ultra-series have been completed, it should be no surprise that Charles Keey (Cannondale/Blend Properties) is currently the leader. Because of his aggressive approach to racing he has already accumulated 11 705 points so far this season.
Keey’s success in the MTN series can be ascribed to his consistency. He was victorious in Sabie and Tulbagh and finished third in Barberton.
Participants in next month’s Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race will be the first in the world to ride a breaking wave when they pedal across the new Nedbank 360Life bridge at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
The three-day race, which is presented by Nedbank Private Wealth, will see 4 500 riders pedal 200 metres into the Indian Ocean before crossing the finish line on the town’s main beach.
South African Road Cycling and Time Trial Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio saw her cycling dreams become reality last week when she finished in the podium third place position at the La Flèche Wallone Femme one-day UCI World Cup race in Belgium.
Moolman-Pasio, who races for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team and is currently based in Europe, is elated with her result and felt quietly confident going into the race. “I don’t like to be too vocal before races, I rather let my legs do the talking. But deep down inside I had a good feeling. Carl (Pasio, Ashleigh’s husband) and I have been training hard together, and leading into the race my power numbers looked very good.
Olympic rowing champion Matthew Brittain will have no shortage of new friends when he and his fellow mountain bikers take to the Vaal Dam for the dragon boat crossing on the opening stage of the Old Mutual joBerg2c on Friday.
Brittain, who was a member of South Africa’s gold medal winning lightweight coxless fours in London last year, will team up with another former national rower, Rob Dormehl, for the nine-day stage race.